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Handling an Ankle Sprain

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Compared to ankle breaks and fractures, sprains are easier to recover from. Most sprains are caused by walking on an uneven surface or participating in sports that involve a lot of side-to-side movement. These two activities may result in the ankle moving in a direction that the joint is not meant to move, therefore resulting in a sprain. Ankles are comprised of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, tendons and ligaments. Ligaments are crucial in supporting the ankle and the weight it bears, but when these ligaments are stretched too far, they can tear, which causes a sprain. It is important to remember the acronym RICE when dealing with a sprain. This acronym stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. In most cases, over the counter medications should work to alleviate the pain, unless the sprain is severe. After taking care of the initial safety measures at home, then it is time to consult with a medical professional. If you have a sprained ankle, then it is strongly suggested you speak with a podiatrist to ensure that your ankle heals properly.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Gary Prant from Arbor Foot Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Austin, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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